Videos by Grade Level

Order What Do We Know About Africa?: The Outreach Program has produced an introductory 30-minute video discussing and dispelling stereotypes while providing a basic overview of the continent’s geography, culture, and history (includes a wonderfully detailed curriculum guide).

Elementary

Video Title Call Number
African Story Magic
w/ narrator Brock Peters. 27:00. 1992
Elementary and Up
A 7-year-old boy steps from the streets of LA into the Africa of his ancestors. Storytellers share six stories of wisdom and courage.
IA FS 121
Anansi
Rabbit Ears, Approx. 30 min., color
Age 5 & Up
Oscar-winner Denzel Washington narrates two hilarious stories from Jamaica where Anasi outsmarts the prideful snake. Reggae hit makers UB 40 provide the decidedly Jamaican score. An introductory animated segment shows the link between this Jamaican Anansi and his African origin.
IA FS 132
Georgina Williams of Ghana
United Learning, (Children of Other Lands Series), 1995. 15:22
Elementary
This video explores the life of children in Ghana by following Georgina Williams, a nine-year-old Ghanaian girl, as she goes through her daily activities. Viewers get to know Georgina as she does her household chores, attends school, hangs out with her friends, and goes shopping with her mother.
IA FS 138
Konkombe: the Nigerian Pop Music Scene
Producer: Jerry Marre Harcart Films, 1988.
Grades 4 to Adult
Lively documentary of Nigerian popular music, featuring artists such as Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and Sonny Okosun in performance and in their communities.
IA FS 112
Ma Journée en Français
PICS. French. 30:00Elementary
HS
This video contains six 5-minute sections on Benin, Senegal, and Reunion in Africa, as well as Lebanon, Martinique, and Corsica. Each segment is narrated by a child who describes a typical day in his or her country. Narrated in simple French with a written transcript and lesson plan provided.
IA FS 149
Stories from the Black Tradition
Children’s Circle. 1992. 52:00 total, in short segments.
Elementary
IA FS 124
“A Story-A Story
Anansi the Spider Man climbs up to the sky to buy stories from the Sky God.
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
Mufaro’s daughters are tested unknowingly to reveal which one is worthy enough to marry the King.
The Village of Round and Square Houses
A young girl from the Cameroonian village of Tos movingly tells how the men came to live in square houses and the women in round ones.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears
A tall tale sets off a chain of mishaps through the jungle grapevine from Mosquito to Iguana to Rabbit to Owl in this traditional story.
Goggles!
Peter and his friend Archie call upon faithful dog Willie to help outsmart a gang of tough bullies who are after Peter’s motorcycle goggles.
A Toy Is What You Make It
UNICEF: 25:00
Age 6 and up
This video was filmed primarily in Kenya. Lively and engaging, it features vignettes of family and school life in both urban and rural settings. It focuses primarily on children at play and making their own toys.Narrated by Liv Ullmann.
* Only the first half on rural Kenyan children is appropriate for elementary school children.
IA FS 131


Middle School

Video Title Call Number
Africa: Voyage of Discovery
with Basil Davidson MBT/MR Arts, 1984. Each segment is 56:00.
M, HS, Adult
The author of more than 30 books on Africa, Basil Davidson guides viewers through a comprehensive overview of African history, culture, and geography from ancient Africa to the present. The New York Times described this series as “stunning.”
Cassette 1
Part One: Different But Equal
Examines the rise of ancient African kingdoms, especially Egypt and Nubia, and the origins of European racial prejudice towards Africa.
Part Two: Mastering a Continent
Examines how Africans in three societies have made a living from diverse and often hostile environments.
IA FS 65
Cassette 2
Part Three: Caravans of Gold
Traces the roots of the medieval gold trade from Africa to India, China, and Italy; focuses on the kingdoms of Ghana and Mali.
Part Four: Kings and Cities
Explores the functioning of traditional African kingdoms, with a focus on Kano in northern Nigeria.
IA FS 66
Cassette 3
Part Five: The Bible & the Gun
Deals briefly with the slave trade itself; focuses on explorers, missionaries, and colonizers.
Part Six: The Magnificent African Cake
Examines the European “Scramble for Africa.” Covers the conquest, the forms of colonial control, and the colonial extraction of wealth.
IA FS 67
Cassette 4
Part Seven: The Rise of Nationalism
Explores the struggle for independence in several African colonies, including the Gold Coast (Ghana), Kenya, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), and the Belgian Congo.
Part Eight: The Legacy
Discusses the aftermath of colonial rule, and examines contemporary problems of independent African nations.
IA FS 68
Africa Close-Up
Maryknoll World Productions, 1997. 28:00
M
This video is divided into two 14 min. segments. The first segmented is narrated by an Egyptian teenager who introduces Egyptian culture by describing her daily life in Cairo. The second segment examines the problems of desertification, unclean water, and national unity in Tanzania through the narration of a village teenager.
IA FS 154
Africa on the Move
The Bullfrog Project, 1991. 55:00 (in three parts).
M, HS, Adults. With study guide.
A remarkable new look at Africa which goes beyond the stereotypical images and allows Africans to speak for themselves. Through scenes of a farming family in Uganda and through brief interviews with Ugandan leaders, we come to see such families as agents of change.
IA FS 113
African Journey
Wonderworks. 174:00. 1990.
M
Luke is a high school student from Canada and Themba is an Zimbabwean youth. Separated by vastly different cultures, these two young people seem to have nothing in common, when a series of adventures in Zimbabwe enables them to discover how alike they really are. This video series may be shown in parts without showing the whole. Each part is 30 minutes. It is accompanied by an excellent teaching guide.
Volume I:
Part four: Chasing a Dream
Part five: A Deadly Business
Part six: One World to Share
IA FS 81
Volume  II:
Part one: Under the Sun
Part two: Brother
Part three: Price of a Bride
IA FS 82
African Story Magic
w/ narrator Brock Peters. 27:00. 1992
Elementary and Up
A 7 year old steps from the streets of LA into the Africa of his ancestors. Storytellers share six stories of wisdom and courage.
IA FS 121
The Amistad Revolt
Producer: Andrea Haas Hubbell. 1995. 33:00
M, HS, Adult
The true story of 53 Africans who, in the 1830s, revolted and seized the slave ship Amistad. Thwarted in their plans to return home, they were captured and charged with murder and piracy. They won their freedom through the courts.
IA FS 142
Anansi
Rabbit Ears. Approx. 30 min., Color
Age 5 & Up
Oscar-winner Denzel Washington narrates two hilarious stories from Jamaica where Anasi outsmarts the prideful snake. Reggae hit makers UB 40 provide the decidedly Jamaican score. An introductory animated segment shows the link between this Jamaican Anansi and his African origin.
IA FS 132
Asimbonanga
Producer: Imagery Films. 1989. 7:00
Song performed by Joan Baez.
M, HS, Adult
Combines still photos, cell animation, live action, and optical effects—all choreographed to the song “Asimbonanga”—to act as a reminder of the daily oppression faced by black South Africans.
IA FS 83
Chantal’s Choice
Producers: C. Saltman & P. Hinkley, 1990. 29:00
M, HS, Adult
The story of an African girl grappling with traditional marriage expectations within a modern and changing environment. Written and presented by secondary school students in Burkina Faso.
IA FS 110
The Earth That Feeds Us
Beacon Films. 1990. 15:00
M, HS
A compelling look at environmental problems experienced by African farmers in recent years. Explores how Africans might strike a balance between ecological conservation and economic development. Draws comparisons with environmental problems facing the U.S. Includes a brief lesson plan.
IA FS 91
Facing the Future
Beacon Films. 1990. 15:00
M, HS
Asks the question: What does it mean to be modern? Examines the influence of Western values and technology on Africans, and how Africans are creating a balance between traditional and modern ways.
IA FS 94
Famine and Chronic Persistent Hunger: A Life and Death Distinction
Also shown as “End the Hunger.”
Producer: The Hunger Project. 1989, 11:00.
M,HS, Adult
This video makes graphically clear, by focusing on different case studies of developing nations, the critical distinction between famine and chronic hunger—and what needs to be done to end each.
IA FS 114
Food for Thought
Beacon Films, From the “Many Voices” series, 1992, 15:00
MIsa, a young girl from Senegal, finds it frustrating to be different from other kids in her Canadian school. When she fasts for the Muslim month of Ramadan, her friend Ashley makes light of it, causing a distance the two girls try to bridge.
IA FS 120
Girls Apart
Producers: C. Sheppard & C. Savageot, 1987, 38:00
M, HS, Adult
A powerful documentary of two South African school girls, one white and one black, who the viewer into their lives and homes.
IA FS 43
Good Health Starts at Home
Beacon Films. 1990. 15:00.
M, HS
Examines how Africa is working to improve its health care systems both through health care workshops and through certified traditional healers. Emphasizes preventive medicine.
IA FS 92
Konkombe: the Nigerian Pop Music Scene
Producer: Jerry Marre Harcart Films, 1988
Grades 4 to Adult
Lively documentary of Nigerian popular music, featuring artists such as Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and Sonny Okosun, in performance and in their communities.
IA FS 112
Lagos: Rich Man, Poor Man
Geographical Eye Over Africa. 1994. 20:00
M, HS, Adult
This program shows the enormous contrast between the lives of two children in Nigeria’s bustling metropolis, thereby illustrating how the city works and its people survive.
IA FS 151
Ma Journée En Français
PICS. French. 30:00
Elementary through HS
This video contains six 5-minute sections on Benin, Senegal, and Reunion in Africa, as well as Lebanon, Martinique, and Corsica. Each segment is narrated by a child who describes a typical day in his or her country. Narrated in simple French with a written transcript and lesson plan provided.
IA FS 149
Mandela
Producer: Home Box Office Inc. 1987. 2:15
M, HS, Adult
Documentary/ drama featuring Danny Glover in the role of Nelson Mandela; part biography and part history of the ANC.
IA FS 38
Nigeria
1984. 15:00 (transferred from filmstrip)
M, HS
Provides an introductory overview of the history, geography, and politics of Nigeria.
IA FS 36
A Son of Africa: the Slave Narrative of Olaudah Equiano
Producer: Aimimage/BBC. 1996. 28:00
M, HS (brief scene of bare breasts), Adult
Based on the first widely read slave autobiography from 1789, this video dramatically portrays Equiano’slife. Additional archival material and brief interviews with scholars such as Stuart Hall and Ian Duffield reveal the social and economic context of the 18th century slave trade.
IA FS 144
Textbooks and Dreams
Beacon Films. 1990. 15:00.
M, HS
Describes Africans’ pride in education and explores different forms of education in Africa.
IA FS 93
A Toy Is What You Make It
UNICEF: 25:00
Age 6 and up
This video was filmed primarily in Kenya. Lively and engaging, it features vignettes of family and school life in both urban and rural settings. It focuses primarily on children at play and making their own toys.Narrated by Liv Ullmann.
* Only the first half on rural Kenyan children is appropriate for elementary school children.
IA FS 131
Understanding Each Other
Beacon Films. Time: 15:00. 1990
M, HS
With wonderful spirit, a Zimbabwean teenage actress introduces Africa’s diverse geography and cultures and dispels many misconceptions along the way. An outstanding video.
IA FS 90
Women: Changing Our Roles
Beacon Films. 15:00. 1990
M, HS
Explores the traditional expectations of women and their evolving opportunities in marriage, education, and work.
IA FS 95
Zajota and the Boogie Spirit
1990, 20:00 Producer: Ayoka Chenzira
M, HS, Adult
This vibrant film, produced in colorful animation, recapitulates in folktale form the saga of black people. The story takes the audience on a journey from Africa and traditional way of life, through the disruption of slavery, to the pursuit for equality in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
IA FS 136


High School

Video Title Call Number
Africa: Voyage of Discovery
with Basil Davidson MBT/MR Arts, 1984. Each segment is 56:00
M, HS, Adult
The author of more than 30 books on Africa, Basil Davidson guides viewers through a comprehensive overview of African history, culture, and geography from ancient Africa to the present. The New York Times described this series as “stunning.”
Cassette 1
Part One: Different But Equal
Examines the rise of ancient African kingdoms, especially Egypt and Nubia, and the origins of European racial prejudice towards Africa.
Part Two: Mastering a Continent
Examines how Africans in three societies have made a living from diverse and often hostile environments.
IA FS 65
Cassette 2
Part Three: Caravans of Gold
Traces the roots of the medieval gold trade from Africa to India, China, and Italy; focuses on the kingdoms of Ghana and Mali.
Part Four: Kings and Cities
Explores the functioning of traditional African kingdoms, with a focus on Kano in northern Nigeria.
IA FS 66
Cassette 3
Part Five: The Bible & the Gun
Deals briefly with the slave trade itself; focuses on explorers, missionaries, and colonizers.
Part Six: The Magnificent African Cake
Examines the European “Scramble for Africa.” Covers the conquest, the forms of colonial control, and the colonial extraction of wealth.
IA FS 67
Cassette 4
Part Seven: The Rise of Nationalism
Explores the struggle for independence in several African colonies, including the Gold Coast (Ghana), Kenya, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), and the Belgian Congo.
Part Eight: The Legacy
Discusses the aftermath of colonial rule, and examines contemporary problems of independent African nations.
IA FS 68
Africa on the Move
The Bullfrog Project, 1991. 55:00 (in three parts), with study guide
M, HS, Adults
A remarkable new look at Africa which goes beyond the stereotypical images and allows Africans to speak for themselves. Through scenes of a farming family in Uganda and through brief interviews with Ugandan leaders, we come to see such families as agents of change.
IA FS 113
The Africans
Producer: Ali Mazrui, The Annenberg/CPB Collection. 1986. Each program is 60:00
HS., Adult
From the history of Egyptian pharaohs, matriarchal social systems and the slave trade to contemporary political crises, Dr. Mazrui discusses African developments from the perspective of its triple heritage: its indigenous culture, Islam and the impact of the West. Note: We own three of the nine videos in the series
Program 4: Tools of Exploitation
This video traces the colonial economic legacy, the development of slavery and European control of Africa’s natural resources.
IA FS 139
Program 5: New Conflicts
This video examines urbanization, warrior tradition, European-created national boundaries, the Islamic jihad tradition and nationalist movements in Africa.
IA FS 140
Program 6: In Search of Stability
This video compares African military regimes, one-party states, Marxism in Mozambique and the different policies of the presidents of Tanzania and former Zaire.
IA FS 141
The American Connection
The American Labor Education Center. 27:00. 1980s
HS, Adult
Addresses the role of the U.S. in South Africa, especially issues of corporate investment and labor conditions.
IA FS 51
The Amistad Revolt
Producer: Andrea Haas Hubbell. 1995. 33:00
M, HS, Adult
The true story of 53 Africans who, in the 1830s, revolted and seized the slave ship Amistad. Thwarted in their plans to return home, they were captured and charged with murder and piracy. They won their freedom through the courts.
IA FS 142
Asimbonanga
Producer: Imagery Films. 1989. 7:00
Song performed by Joan Baez.
M, HS, Adult
Combines still photos, cell animation, live action, and optical effects—all choreographed to the song “Asimbonanga”—to act as a reminder of the daily oppression faced by black South Africans.
IA FS 83
The Avoidable Famine
Producer: Yorkshire Television. 1988. 20:00, with study guide
HS, Adult
Sudan, the largest nation in Africa, has produced enough food for its own needs plus export. Changing crops and farming techniques produced famine and stripping of the land. This film examines the reasons behind these changes and looks at how the Sudanese economy has responded to the destruction of the traditional way of life. Accompanied by study materials.
IA FS 119
Banking on Life and Debt
Maryknoll World Production. 1995. 30:00
HS, Adult
This documentary traces the post-World War II changes which led to the current world economic order. It focuses on the policies of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Ghana, Brazil, and the Philippines.
IA FS 143
Biko: Breaking the Silence
Producers: O. Maruma, E. Spicer, R. Wickstead and M. Kaplan, 1988 52:00
HS, Adult
Shows how student leader Steve Biko fostered the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa, and encouraged black South Africans to think of themselves as a people with a distinct identity and destiny.
IA FS 57
Chantal’s Choice
Producers: C. Saltman & P. Hinkley, 1990. 29:00
M, HS, Adult
The story of an African girl grappling with traditional marriage expectations within a modern and changing environment. Written and presented by secondary school students in Burkina Faso.
IA FS 110
Cold Water
Producer: Noriko Ogami, Boston University. 1987. 48:00
HS, Adult
International students (including one from Zaire) and experts describe their experiences here, commenting on the nature of U.S. culture and the process of adjustment to a new culture.
IA FS 49
Consuming Hunger
Maryknoll World Video Library. 1988. Three 29:00 segments.
HS, Adult
Part One: Getting the Story
Explores the question: why does it take the American media so long to cover African famines?
IA FS 69
Part Two: Shaping the Image
Explores the question: what happened to our images of Africa once starving Africans dominated television’s portrayal of the continent?
IA FS 70
Part Three: Selling the Feeling
Explores the question: what did the “Hands Across America” mega-event tell us about hunger in America and the images that we have created of our own hungry and homeless?
IA FS 71
Corridors of Freedom
Producer: Ingrid Sinclair (UK), 1987. 52:00
HS, Adult
Examines how South Africa has tried to control the economies of its neighboring countries and how these countries have responded with their own efforts to develop independently.
IA FS 58
Delta Force
Director: Glenn Ellis. 1994. 54:00.
HS, Adult
This powerful documentary discusses the ecological, economic and social turmoil caused by Shell Oil and the Nigerian government in Ogoniland. Graphic footage and powerful interviews (including murdered poet Ken-Saro Wiwa) makes this film highly provocative and informative.
IA FS 148
The Earth That Feeds Us
Beacon Films. 1990. 15:00
M, HS
A compelling look at environmental problems experienced by African farmers in recent years. Explores how Africans might strike a balance between ecological conservation and economic development. Draws comparisons with environmental problems facing the U.S. Includes brief lesson plan.
IA FS 91
Facing the Future
Beacon Films. 1990. 15:00
M, HS
Asks the question: What does it mean to be modern? Examines the influence of western values and technology on Africans, and how Africans are creating a balance between traditional and modern ways.
IA FS 94
Family Across the Sea
Producer: Tim Carrier. South Carolina Educational TV. 1991. 56:00
HS, Adult
Told as a historical and linguistic detective story. Traces the connections between the Gullah people, brought to South Carolina as slaves, and Sierra Leone. Powerfully shows the continuation of cultural ties through speech, songs and culture.
IA FS 105
Famine and Chronic Persistent Hunger: A Life and Death Distinction
Also shown as “End the Hunger.” Producer: The Hunger Project. 1989, 11:00
M, HS, Adult
This video makes graphically clear, by focusing on different case studies of developing nations, the critical distinction between famine and chronic hunger-and what needs to be done to end each.
IA FS 114
From Sun Up
Maryknoll World Video Library. 28:00
HS, Adult
Produced by a Tanzanian woman, Flora M’mbugu, and shot in Tanzania by an all-African crew. This beautifully photographed work portrays women’s multiple roles as provider, mother, water-carrier, wood-gatherer, cook and entrepreneur. It dramatically illustrates that the source of women’s hope and sense of the future lies in their support for each other.
IA FS 50
U Gelede: a Yoruba Masquerade
1969. 23:00
HS, Adult
Special rate: see last page
Documentary of a Yoruba communal festival. Emphasizes the importance of this festival in providing coherence to the community and its culture.
IA FS 86
Generations of Resistance
Producer: The UN, 1980. 52:00
HS, Adult
A definitive history of South African resistance to white rule from Bambata’s Rebellion of 1906 to the uprisings of 1976.
IA FS 55
Girls Apart
Producers: C. Sheppard & C. Savageot, 1987. 38:00
M, HS, Adult
A powerful documentary of two South African school girls, one white and one black, who invite the viewer into their lives and homes.
IA FS 43
Good Health Starts at Home
Beacon Films. 1990. 15:00
M, HS
Examines how Africa is working to improve its health care systems both through health care workshops and through certified traditional healers. Emphasizes preventive medicine.
IA FS 92
Harvest of Hunger
OXFAM, 1987. 20:00
HS, Adult
Creative graphics to Jackson Browne music combine with stunning photos of overseas projects in this exploration of the underlying causes of world hunger. Excellent for high school, college, and community groups; includes teacher’s guide with quizzes, exercises, and maps.
IA FS 53
Hyenas
Director: Djibril Diop Mambety. 1992. Wolof with subtitles. 113:00
HS, Adult
A scorned lover returns to her village as the richest woman in the world and offers the villagers a trillion dollars to execute the man who betrayed her. An adaptation of the Swiss parable, “The Visit of the Old Woman,” this drama is a biting satire of today’s Africa—betraying the hopes of independence for the false promises of Western materialism.
IA FS 147
Keita
Director: Dani Kouyate. Burkina Faso. 1994. In Julaand French with subtitles. 94:00
HS, Adult
This film introduces the viewer to one of the most important works of African oral literature, The Sundjata Epic. The film frames its dramatization of this legend within the story of a contemporary young African’s initiation into the history of his family. When a djeliba, a master griot or bard, arrives mysteriously at the home of Mabo Keita to teach him “the meaning of his name,” boy and griotare inevitably brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition.
IA FS 150
Konkombe: the Nigerian Pop Music Scene
Producer: Jerry Marre Harcart Films, 1988
Grades 4 to Adult
Lively documentary of Nigerian popular music, featuring artists such as Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and Sonny Okosun, in performance and in their communities.
IA FS 112
Lagos: Rich Man, Poor Man
Geographical Eye Over Africa. 1994. 20:00
M, HS, Adult
This program shows the enormous contrast between the lives of two children in Nigeria’s bustling metropolis, thereby illustrating how the city works and its people survive.
IA FS 151
Ma Journée En Français
PICS. French. 30:00
Elementary through HS
This video contains six 5-minute sections on Benin, Senegal, and Reunion in Africa, as well as Lebanon, Martinique, and Corsica. Each segment is narrated by a child who describes a typical day in his or her country. Narrated in simple French with a written transcript and lesson plan provided.
IA FS 149
Mandela
Producer: Home Box Office, Inc. 1987. 2:15
M, HS, Adult
Documentary/ drama featuring Danny Glover in the role of Nelson Mandela; part biography and part history of the ANC.
IA FS 38
Mapantsula
Producer: Max Motoechio. 1988. 90:00
In English, Zulu, and Sotho w/subtitles
HS, Adult
The first anti-apartheid feature film told from the perspective of black South Africans. Banned by the apartheid government. The story of “Panic” (a petty criminal), his life in a black township, and his transformation into a man who takes a stand against apartheid.
IA FS 64
Moving on: the Hunger for Land
California Newsreel. 1982. 54:10
HS, Adult
An examination of the colonial history of Zimbabwe and the challenges facing newly independent nations, especially the land question.
IA FS 54
Nigeria
1984. 15:00 (transferred from filmstrip)
M, HS
Provides an introductory overview of the history, geography, and politics of Nigeria.
IA FS 36
Second Nature
Cyprus Productions. 1997. 40:00
HS, Adult
This video examines how the forest in West Africa is actually on the increase, due to the farmers’ skill in transforming savanna into forest. It shows how easily experts can reach incorrect conclusions if local knowledge and history are not taken into account.
IA FS 153
A Son of Africa: The Slave Narrative of Olaudah Equiano
Producer: Aimimage/BBC. 1996. 28:00
M, HS (brief scene of bare breasts), Adult
Based on the first widely read slave autobiography from 1789, this video dramatically portrays Equiano’slife. Additional archival material and brief interviews with scholars such as Stuart Hall and Ian Duffield reveal the social and economic context of the 18th century slave trade.
IA FS 144
Spear of the Nation
Thames Television, BELBO, and NOVIB. 1986. 50:00
HS, Adult
History of resistance to apartheid by the African National Congress.
IA FS 59
Stetsasonic, A.F.R.I.C.A.
(Music Video) Warner Bros. Records, 1988. Time: 4:25:00
HS, Adult
Music video by popular hip hop band Stetsasonic, withan educational focus. Primarily concerned with South Africa’s neighbors and their resistance to apartheid. Accompanied by a study guide which helps students to understand the politics, geography, and history of southern Africa.
IA FS 74
Stop the Violence
Global Vision for the Africa Fund. 1992. 14:00
HS, Adult
Based on footage from “A Savage War of Peace” by Video News Service in South Africa.
IA FS 106
Textbooks and Dreams
Beacon Films. 1990. 15:00
M, HS
Describes Africans’ pride in education and explores different forms of education in Africa.
IA FS 93
Three Tales from Senegal
Directors: Djibril Diop Mambety and Mansour Sora Wade. 1994. Wolof with subtitles. 82:00 (45:00; 20:00; 17:00)
HS, Adult
Le Fanc is the whimsical but sardonic parable about the plight of everyday Africans buffeted by the changing winds of the international monetary system. Picc Mi (Little Bird) is a touching fable revealing the exploitation of children in Africa’s teeming cities. Fary l’Anesse (Fary, the Donkey) is the tale of a man led into folly by his pursuit of the “perfect” woman.
IA FS 145
A Toy Is What You Make It
UNICEF: 25:00
Age 6 and up
This video was filmed primarily in Kenya. Lively and engaging, it features vignettes of family and school life in both urban and rural settings. It focuses primarily on children at play and making their own toys. Narrated by Liv Ullmann.
* Only the first half on rural Kenyan children is appropriate for elementary school children.
IA FS 131
Training for Travel to Africa
Colorado State University TV. 29:30
HS, Adult
Using a series of dramatized incidents, the video explores different types of miscommunication that can take place between Westerners and Africans, because of different cultural assumptions that these two groups have.
IA FS 33
Understanding Each Other
Beacon Films. Time: 15:00. 1990
M, HS
With wonderful spirit, a Zimbabwean teenage actress introduces Africa’s diverse geography and cultures and dispels many misconceptions along the way. An outstanding video.
IA FS 90
Unheard Voices: Celebrating Cultures of the Developing World
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin. 1:42
HS, Adult
Interview with African citizens of Tunisia, Kenya, Somalia and Liberia currently living and working in the U. S. Recollections of selected life experiences.
IA FS 84
Wend Kuuni (God’s Gift)
Producer/Director: Gaston Kaboré. Burkina Faso. 1982. 70:00
In Moré, with subtitles
HS, Adult
A feature film on a pastoral romance before the coming of Islam and Christianity. A mute, memoryless child is found under a tree and is adopted by the village and named Wend Kuuni. Through flashbacks, the audience learns about compassion through the medium of hate. The boy finds community and recovers his ability to communicate. This fable demonstrates how traditional Mossi values can heal and unify a modern African state beset by dislocation, refugees, and social conflict. Kabore adapted the measured rhythms and formal compositions of oral story telling to make this film accessible to people seeing a movie for the first time.
IA FS 130
What Do We Know About Africa?
Boston University African Outreach Center. 1995. 25:00
HS, Adult
Converted from the popular slide-tape show, this video question our conscious and unconscious stereotypes held about Africa. It stimulates critical thinking and serves as an introduction to units in social studies, geography, history and anthropology.Video also comes with an outstanding detailed curriculum guide.
IA FS 137
Witness to Apartheid
California Newsreel. 1986. 56:00
HS, Adult
Tells the story of black children under apartheid and their detention and torture by South African Security forces.
IA FS 31
Women: Changing Our Roles
Beacon Films. 15:00. 1990
M, HS
Explores the traditional expectations of women and their evolving opportunities in marriage, education, and work.
IA FS 95
Zajota and the Boogie Spirit
Producer: Ayoka Chenzira. 1990. 20:00
M, HS, Adult
This vibrant film, produced in colorful animation, recapitulates in folktale form the saga of black people. The story takes the audience on a journey from Africa and traditional way of life, through the disruption of slavery to the pursuit for equality in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
IA FS 136


Adult

Video Title Call Number
Africa: Voyage of Discovery
with Basil Davidson MBT/MR Arts, 1984. Each segment is 56:00
M, HS, Adult
The author of more than 30 books on Africa, Basil Davidson guides viewers through a comprehensive overview of African history, culture, and geography from ancient Africa to the present. The New York Times described this series as “stunning.”
Cassette 1
Part One: Different But Equal
Examines the rise of ancient African kingdoms, especially Egypt and Nubia, and the origins of European racial prejudice towards Africa.
Part Two: Mastering a Continent
Examines how Africans in three societies have made a living from diverse and often hostile environments.
IA FS 65
Cassette 2
Part Three: Caravans of Gold
Traces the roots of the medieval gold trade from Africa to India, China, and Italy; focuses on the kingdoms of Ghana and Mali.
Part Four: Kings and Cities
Explores the functioning of traditional African kingdoms, with a focus on Kano in northern Nigeria.
IA FS 66
Cassette 3
Part Five: The Bible & the Gun
Deals briefly with the slave trade itself; focuses on explorers, missionaries, and colonizers.
Part Six: The Magnificent African Cake
Examines the European “Scramble for Africa.” Covers the conquest, the forms of colonial control, and the colonial extraction of wealth.
IA FS 67
Cassette 4
Part Seven: The Rise of Nationalism
Explores the struggle for independence in several African colonies, including the Gold Coast (Ghana), Kenya, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), and the Belgian Congo.
Part Eight: The Legacy
Discusses the aftermath of colonial rule, and examines contemporary problems of independent African nations.
IA FS 68
Africa on the Move
The Bullfrog Project, 1991. 55:00 (in three parts). With study guide.
M, HS, Adults
A remarkable new look at Africa which goes beyond the stereotypical images and allows Africans to speak for themselves. Through scenes of a farming family in Uganda and through brief interviews with Ugandan leaders, we come to see such families as agents of change.
IA FS 113
African Music Program
An Epic of Old Mali. 1978. 1:58:00
Adult
Excerpts from the amateur black-and-white film of the performance of 3 griots at Williams College provide us with insight into this epic tale: part history, part legend. Retold by generations of griots, this epic is from the 13th century and captures all the mystery and majesty of medieval African kingship.
IA FS 88
The Africans
Producer: Ali Mazrui, The Annenberg/CPB Collection. 1986. Each program is 60:00
HS., Adult
From the history of Egyptian pharaohs, matriarchal social systems and the slave trade to contemporary political crises, Dr. Mazrui discusses African developments from the perspective of its triple heritage: its indigenous culture, Islam, and the impact of the West. Note: We own three of the nine videos in the series
Program 4: Tools of Exploitation
This video traces the colonial economic legacy, the development of slavery and European control of Africa’s natural resources.
IA FS 139
Program 5: New Conflicts
This video examines urbanization, warrior tradition, European-created national boundaries, the Islamic jihad tradition and nationalist movements in Africa.
IA FS 140
Program 6: In Search of Stability
This video compares African military regimes, one-party states, Marxism in Mozambique and the different policies of the presidents of Tanzania and former Zaire.
IA FS 141
The American Connection
The American Labor Education Center. 27:00. 1980s
HS, Adult
Addresses the role of the U.S. in South Africa, especially issues of corporate investment and labor conditions.
IA FS 51
The Amistad Revolt
Producer: Andrea Haas Hubbell. 1995. 33:00
M, HS, Adult
The true story of 53 Africans who, in the 1830s, revolted and seized the slave ship Amistad . Thwarted in their plans to return home, they were captured and charged with murder and piracy. They won their freedom through the courts.
IA FS 142
Asimbonanga
Producer: Imagery Films. 1989. 7:00 Song performed by Joan Baez
M, HS, Adult
Combines still photos, cell animation, live action, and optical effects—all choreographed to the song “Asimbonanga”—to act as a reminder of the daily oppression faced by black South Africans.
IA FS 83
The Avoidable Famine
Producer: Yorkshire Television. 1988. 20:00. With study guide.
HS, Adult
Sudan, the largest nation in Africa, has produced enough food for its own needs plus export. Changing crops and farming technique produced famine and stripping of the land. This film examines the reasons behind these changes and looks at how the Sudanese economy has responded to the destruction of the traditional way of life. Accompanied by study materials.
IA FS 119
Banking on Life and Debt
Maryknoll World Production. 1995. 30:00
HS, Adult
This documentary traces the post-World War II changes which led to the current world economic order. It focuses on the policies of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Ghana, Brazil and the Philippines.
IA FS 143
Biko: Breaking the Silence
Producers: O. Maruma, E. Spicer, R. Wickstead and M. Kaplan, 1988 52:00
HS, Adult
Shows how student leader Steve Biko fostered the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa, and encouraged black South Africans to think of themselves as a people with a distinct identity and destiny.
IA FS 57
Chantal’s Choice
Producers: C. Saltman & P. Hinkley, 1990. 29:00
M, HS, Adult
The story of an African girl grappling with traditional marriage expectations within a modern and changing environment. Written and presented by secondary school students in Burkina Faso.
IA FS 110
Cold Water
Producer: Noriko Ogami, Boston University. 1987. 48:00
HS, Adult
International students (including one from then Zaire) and experts describe their experiences here, commenting on the nature of U.S. culture and the process of adjustment to a new culture.
IA FS 49
Consuming Hunger
Maryknoll World Video Library. 1988. Three 29:00 segments.
HS, Adult
Part One: Getting the Story
Explores the question: Why does it take the American media so long to cover African famines?
IA FS 69
Part Two: Shaping the Image
Explores the question: What happened to our images of Africa once starving Africans dominated television’s portrayal of the continent?
IA FS 70
Part Three: Selling the Feeling
Explores the question: What did the “Hands Across America” mega-event tell us about hunger in America and the images that we have created of our own hungry and homeless?
IA FS 71
Corridors of Freedom
Producer: Ingrid Sinclair (UK), 1987. 52:00
HS, Adult
Examines how South Africa has tried to control the economies of its neighboring countries and how these countries have responded with their own efforts to develop independently.
IA FS 58
Delta Force
Director: Glenn Ellis. 1994. 54:00
HS, Adult
This powerful documentary discusses the ecological, economic and social turmoil caused by Shell Oil and the Nigerian government in Ogoniland. Graphic footage and powerful interviews (including murdered poet Ken-Saro Wiwa) makes this film highly provocative and informative.
IA FS 148
Family Across the Sea
1991 56:00 Producer: Tim Carrier. South Carolina Educational TV
HS, Adult
Told as a historical and linguistic detective story. Traces the connections between the Gullah people, brought to South Carolina as slaves, and Sierra Leone. Powerfully shows the continuation of cultural ties through speech, songs, and culture.
IA FS 105
Famine and Chronic Persistent Hunger: a Life and Death Distinction
Also shown as “End the Hunger.” Producer: The Hunger Project. 1989, 11:00
M, HS, Adult
This video makes graphically clear, by focusing on different case studies of developing nations, the critical distinction between famine and chronic hunger—and what needs to be done to end each.
IA FS 114
From Sun Up
Maryknoll World Video Library. 28:00
HS, Adult
Produced by a Tanzanian woman, Flora M’mbugu, and shot in Tanzania by an all-African crew. This beautifully photographed work portrays women’s multiple roles as provider, mother, water-carrier, wood-gatherer, cook and entrepreneur. It dramatically illustrates that the source of women’s hope and sense of the future lies in their support for each other.
IA FS 50
U Gelede: a Yoruba Masquerade
1969. 23:00
HS, Adult
Special rate: see last page
Documentary of a Yoruba communal festival. Emphasizes the importance of this festival in providing coherence to the community and its culture.
IA FS 86
Generations of Resistance
Producer: The UN, 1980. 52:00
HS, Adult
A definitive history of South African resistance to white rule from Bambata’s Rebellion of 1906 to the uprisings of 1976.
IA FS 55
Girls Apart
Producers: C. Sheppard & C. Savageot, 1987. 38:00
M, HS, Adult
A powerful documentary of two South African school girls, one white and one black, who the viewer into their lives and homes.
IA FS 43
Harvest of Hunger
OXFAM, 1987. 20:00
HS, Adult
Creative graphics to Jackson Browne music combine with stunning photos of overseas projects in this exploration of the underlying causes of world hunger. Excellent for high school, college, and community groups; includes teacher’s guide with quizzes, exercises, and maps.
IA FS 53
Hyenas
Director: Djibril Diop Mambety. 1992. Wolof with subtitles. 113:00
HS, Adult
A scorned lover returns to her village as the richest woman in the world and offers the villagers a trillion dollars to execute the man who betrayed her. An adaptation of the Swiss parable, “The Visit of the Old Woman,” this drama is a biting satire of today’s Africa –betraying the hopes of independence for the false promises of Western materialism.
IA FS 147
Keita
Director: Dani Kouyate. Burkina Faso. 1994. In Julaand French with subtitles. 94:00.
HS, Adult
This film introduces the viewer to one of the most important works of African oral literature, The Sundjata Epic. The film frames its dramatization of this legend within the story of a contemporary young African’s initiation into the history of his family. When a djeliba, a master griot or bard, arrives mysteriously at the home of Mabo Keita to teach him “the meaning of his name,” boy and griot are inevitably brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition.
IA FS 150
Konkombe: The Nigerian Pop Music Scene
Producer: Jerry Marre Harcart Films, 1988
Grades 4 to Adult
Lively documentary of Nigerian popular music, featuring artists such as Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and Sonny Okosun, in performance and in their communities.
IA FS 112
Lagos: Rich Man, Poor Man
Geographical Eye Over Africa. 1994. 20:00
M, HS, Adult
This program shows the enormous contrast between the lives of two children in Nigeria’s bustling metropolis, thereby illustrating how the city works and its people survive.
IA FS 151
Lumumba: La Mort Du Prophet (Death of a Prophet)
French w/subtitles. 69:00. Producer/Director Raoul Peck. France/Switzerland/Germany 1992
Adult
Patrice Lumumba, founder of the Congolese National Movement, is remembered in this film documenting the year 1960: from the Belgians’ promise to hold democratic elections to the murder of Prime Minister Lumumba. Through interviews with European journalists who covered 1960 and portrayed events from a European perspective, this powerful film juxtaposes photographs and newsreels from 1960 with contemporary footage.
IA FS 128
Mandela
Producer: Home Box Office Inc. 1987. 2:15
M, HS, Adult
Documentary/ drama featuring Danny Glover in the role of Nelson Mandela; part biography and part history of the ANC.
IA FS 38
Mapantsula
Producer: Max Motoechio. 1988. 90:00 In English, Zulu and Sotho w/subtitles.
HS, Adult
The first anti-apartheid feature film told from the perspective of black South Africans. Banned by the apartheid government. The story of “Panic” (a petty criminal), his life in a black township, and his transformation into a man who takes a stand against apartheid.
IA FS 64
Moving on: the Hunger for Land
California Newsreel. 1982. 54:10
HS, Adult
An examination of the colonial history of Zimbabwe and the challenges facing newly independent nations, especially the land question.
IA FS 54
Quartier Mozart
Producer/Director: Jean-Pierre Bekolo. Cameroon 1992 in French, subtitles. 80:00
Adult
A new sex farce, where women’s wisdom and “witchcraft” help them regain the balance of power in a sexist world. The star of the film is a young schoolgirl named Queen of the ‘Hood. The local “witch,” MamanThekla, helps her take over the body of a young boy named My Guy so she can discover the sexual politics of her neighborhood. A completely different kind of African film, the sensibility crosses MTV and Hollywood with African folklore.
IA FS 127
Second Nature
Cyprus Productions. 1997. 40:00
HS, Adult
This video examines how the forest in West Africa is actually on the increase, due to the farmers’ skill in transforming savanna into forest. It shows how easily experts can reach incorrect conclusions if local knowledge and history are not taken into account.
IA FS 153
A Son of Africa: the Slave Narrative of Olaudah Equiano
Producer: Aimimage/BBC. 1996. 28:00
M, HS (brief scene of bare breasts), Adult
Based on the first widely read slave autobiography from 1789, this video dramatically portrays Equiano’s life. Additional archival material and brief interviews with scholars such as Stuart Hall and Ian Duffield reveal the social and economic context of the 18th century slave trade.
IA FS 144
Spear of the Nation
Thames Television, BELBO, and NOVIB. 1986. 50:00
HS, Adult
History of resistance to apartheid by the African National Congress.
IA FS 59
Stetsasonic, A.F.R.I.C.A.
(Music Video) Warner Bros. Records, 1988. Time: 4:25:00
HS, Adult
Music video by popular hip hop band Stetsasonic, withan educational focus. Primarily concerned with South Africa’s neighbors and their resistance to apartheid. Accompanied by a study guide which helps students to understand the politics, geography, and history of southern Africa.
IA FS 74
Stop the Violence
Global Vision for the Africa Fund. 1992. 14:00
HS, Adult
Based on footage from “A Savage War of Peace” by Video News Service in South Africa.
IA FS 106
Three Tales from Senegal
Directors: Djibril Diop Mambety and Mansour Sora Wade. 1994. Wolof with subtitles. 82:00 (45:00; 20:00; 17:00)
HS, Adult
Le Fanc is the whimsical but sardonic parable about the plight of everday Africans buffeted by the changing winds of the international monetary system. Picc Mi (Little Bird) is a touching fable revealing the exploitation of children in Africa’s teeming cities. Fary l’Anesse (Fary, the Donkey) is the tale of a man led into folly by his pursuit of the “perfect” woman.
IA FS 145
Training for Travel to Africa
Colorado State University TV. 29:30
HS, Adult
Using a series of dramatized incidents, the video explores different types of miscommunication that can take place between Westerners and Africans as a result of different cultural assumptions that these two groups have.
IA FS 33
Unheard Voices: Celebrating Cultures of the Developing World
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, Wisconsin. 1:42
HS, Adult
Interview with African citizens of Tunisia, Kenya, Somalia, and Liberia currently living and working in the U. S. Recollections of selected life experiences.
IA FS 84
Wend Kuuni (God’s Gift)
Producer/Director: Gaston Kabore. Burkina Faso. 1982 More, subtitled, 70:00
HS, Adult
A feature film on a pastoral romance before the coming of Islam and Christianity. A mute, memoryless child is found under a tree and is adopted by the village and named Wend Kuuni. Through flashbacks, the audience learns about compassion through the medium of hate. The boy finds community and recovers his ability to communicate. This fable demonstrates how traditional Mossi values can heal and unify a modern African state beset by dislocation, refugees, and social conflict. Kabore adapted the measured rhythms and formal compositions of oral story telling to make this film accessible to people seeing a movie for the first time.
IA FS 130
What Do We Know About Africa
Boston University African Outreach Center. 1995: 25:00
HS, Adult
Converted from the popular slide-tape show, this video question our conscious and unconscious stereotypes held about Africa. It stimulates critical thinking and serves as an introduction to units in social studies, geography, history and anthropology.Video also comes with an outstanding detailed curriculum guide.
IA FS 137
Witness to Apartheid
California Newsreel. 1986. 56:00
HS, Adult
Tells the story of black children under apartheid and their detention and torture by South African Security forces.
IA FS 31
Yeelen (Brightness)
Producer/Director Souleymane Cissé. Mali, 1987. in Bambara, subtitles. 105:00
Adult
An adaptation of one of the great oral epics of the Bambara people. Set in the Mali Empire of the 13th century, this is the story of Nianankoro: a young warrior destined to destroy a corrupt older elite, and with it his father and ultimately himself. The film follows his initiation quest across Bambara, Fulani, and Dogon lands—a cross-section of West African cultures and folklore.
IA FS 129
Zajota and the Boogie Spirit
1990, 20:00 Producer: Ayoka Chenzira
M, HS, Adult
This vibrant film, produced in colorful animation, recapitulates in folktale form the saga of black people. The story takes the audience on a journey from Africa and traditional ways of life , through the disruption of slavery to the pursuit for equality in the Civil Rights Movement.
IA FS 136